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Parsons Xtreme Golf

Yeah.

Probably the first time you've ever seen that kind of sign on any magazine related to golf.

Read it carefully. It's not a joke.

We believe in the truth.  It's simple.  It's black and white.  I like black and white.  Bob, well, he does too.

And, if you're going to capture the true essence of and tell the true story of Bob, well it's going to have to come with some warning signs (earmuff time, don't say I didn't tell you so).  I'm referring to Bob Parsons, founder of GoDaddy and owner of the new Parsons Xtreme Golf company.  And if you care about golf, you might want to read on.

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Who Is Bob?

I'll sum him up for ya.  Or actually I'll let the name of his new company do it for me. It does a pretty good job. Parsons (not a chance his name wasn't gonna be somewhere on this club) Xtreme (yeah it's slightly 1994ish, but not many words better define the guy) Golf (this man is addicted to golf like no man I've ever seen, yeah even you dad).

But since three words don't do true justice to defining men like Bob, I will expand:

  • some call him an asshole
  • some call him sweet
  • full of piss and vinegar
  • loud
  • incredibly intelligent
  • fuck you money (I warned you)
  • savvy
  • self-made
  • advertising badass
  • caring
  • expert delegator
  • outrageous
  • passionate
  • guns
  • doesn't give a shit about what you think about him
  • superbowl
  • billionaire
  • purple heart
  • lives life to the fullest
  • motorcycles
  • 10% redneck
  • does what he says
  • says what he thinks
  • rough around edges yet refined
  • blunt
  • calculated
  • does nothing small
  • distinctive
  • direct
  • controversial
  • not enough?

* Read this letter (after he purchased Scottsdale National) he wrote, maybe this will help.

Bob is also a reader of MyGolfSpy.  How do I know?  He told me so. What followed after he told me, is something you tell your kids and grand kids about. I'm not one to ask famous people for autographs or care the slightest about rubbing elbows with powerful people.  After all, we are all just people at the end of the day.  And some of the most incredibly special people to me are neither famous nor rich.  But, the round of golf I had with Bob Parsons some 18 months ago was, well, special.  Not because I was playing golf with a billionaire. And not because I was curious what his interest was in my business.  It was special, because I have not before nor since played a round of golf with an individual as unique as this one.  And there' s the fact that it forever changed my life and career.  So, there's that too I guess.

I think this quote puts the round and his advice to me in some perspective, Bob said, "Colt you can't win a farting contest, unless your willing to shit your pants."

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Why Should You Care About Bob?

Remember that quote?  How could you forget.  Well, Bob is going to prove with his new golf company, he's willing to shit his pants. The man does not bullshit around when he says he's going to do something.

Whether you like it or not, the golf landscape and demographic is and has changed, forever.  You either evolve with it or you too will become like dinosaurs: Extinct.  Bob is anything but a dinosaur, trust me.  The industry is about to get a wake up call, a 4AM type of wake-up call (that's what time he gets up).  No, he's not going to outsell Taylormade or Callaway.  Actually, PXG won't even outsell Wilson. But all three of those companies better start paying attention.

Why?  Because.  They will out perform, out feel, out manufacture, out give a shit about giving a shit about THE best quality possible. And, guess what, I haven't even hit a single club yet.  I can in knowing what I know about Bob Parsons and how he operates GUARANTEE that.  It's going to happen.

Mark down today in your calendars as the day the bullshit claims in golf got put on notice.  For those that are tired of the hype, tired of the unfulfilled promises, tired of the yardage you were promised and never received. For those looking for an alternative to that message, well, you will want to start paying attention to the message coming out of PXG.

Not For Everyone

But remember this one thing:  Bob is not for everyone and neither will PXG be.  That's the way Bob likes it.  So, if you are one of the many that don't like his clubs or his message when they are released, remember he doesn't give a shit, because they weren't meant for you.

That is Bob and that will be PXG.

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MyGolf Spy July 30, 2016 at 12:38 pm

There are data articles and the articles that give insight in to the business.

MyGolfSpy will NEVER be 100% data articles. We also have the right to give a very educated opinion on the industry. Is what it is you didn’t like the article in totally fine with that, but the article once again was honest and accurate…that is our brand. Like it or not.

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Jason Geraci July 29, 2016 at 9:40 pm

I will start by saying that the number of people who clicked on this link has ZERO correlation to it’s accuracy. MGS is touting itself as a science/research based site, you would do well to understand correlation and causation.

Let me disclose that I really do hope PXG has a lasting impact on the golf industry.

Let’s get into why this comes across as a puff piece for PXG.

To date, PXG has yet to provide ANY empirical data to support their claims. That’s all they need to do in order to gain credibility. Until then, they are just yodelling hyperbole.

If MGS wants to be known for accurate information, you shouldn’t be touting anything PXG is doing as “game changing,” until there is actual comparative data available. This is why this article comes across as a puff piece for PXG.

PXG reminds me a lot of Liquidmetal Golf.

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MyGolf Spy July 29, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Most read article on MyGolfSpy in 5 years and showed what was going to happen in the industry. You say not my best work and I say it was accurate and honest, which BTW is what we are about.

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Matt Doane July 29, 2016 at 4:35 pm

So brave.

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Randy Smith July 29, 2016 at 4:08 pm

you may have lost your independant credibility in one article. As others mentioned this comes across more of a “fan boy” article than a “tell it like it is article”. I still want to try their gear

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MyGolf Spy July 29, 2016 at 6:17 pm

Words, words and more words. PXG has given us $0. Provide evidence, otherwise how about stop making baseless claims. It is getting old.

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Randy Smith July 29, 2016 at 6:27 pm

probably one of the sites biggest fans, always donated, but I wasnt the only one that took tha article this way. Don’t worry, I’ll show myself out.

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MyGolf Spy July 29, 2016 at 8:00 pm

You will be back.

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Andrew Elderkin July 29, 2016 at 2:25 pm

The rent is still too high. People scoff at $300 drivers. These are bespoke money levels, like a Pagani car. Only justification would be that if you want your face on the crown they would make it happen. USGA rules limit performance, the rest is cosmetic preference.

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Jason Geraci July 29, 2016 at 12:39 pm

I think what he means is, the article came across as a fanboy piece.

Frankly, it does come across as a fanboy piece. Not your best work.

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MyGolf Spy July 29, 2016 at 11:09 am

We are looking for a “Title Writer” you should apply.

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Matt Heister July 29, 2016 at 4:02 am

Hard pass

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John Magdalene Agel Sjc July 29, 2016 at 3:41 am

And you can’t afford Bob.

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Eric Kelso July 29, 2016 at 1:26 am

I’ll hang on to my Mizuno irons.

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Austin Williams July 30, 2016 at 4:28 am

Comparing a Mizuno to a pxg is like comparing a KIA to a Bentley – I didn’t believe the hype but when I hit them I was totally blown away and now I’m a huge advocate the club simply They out perform any club that is ever been on the market. No question- they are at least a club to two clubs longer for every player we have fit

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Ted Brown July 29, 2016 at 12:22 am

That’s not my issue at all with it. Thought it would have been a little more informative about “PXG” as headline suggests. Should be titled “What about Bob?”

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Jacob Williams July 28, 2016 at 11:42 pm

I’ve got the driver custom fit to myself and love it. I do prefer my Edel irons though.

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Paul Kielwasser July 28, 2016 at 10:35 pm

I only know two peeps that got fitted for these and bought the whole set of irons….
Both are back to what they played before.
I have no experience with them.

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Jason Geraci July 28, 2016 at 8:08 pm

I test everything. I have to, it’s my job. Great feel, great looking, but the performance isn’t there to justify the price.

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Tim Carter July 28, 2016 at 7:34 pm

No matter how expensive or how well rated clubs are, if you do not deliver the club in the correct way at impact you will not be on the mown stuff! You will always gain more by spending money on lessons and then practise, practise, practise!!!!

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Cory Clemens July 28, 2016 at 7:25 pm

If you buy still buy a full set of clubs woods irons wedges putter as one set you’re not his customer anyway.
You are greatly mistaken on who will/has bought these clubs. 20+ guys at my club in Des Moines, IA are playing PXG.
Personally I started with 5-W $300 a stick. Then I had to have the 50 54 and 58 also $300 each. Couple weeks later after hitting the hybrid $400 I had to have one of those too. Then as I was heading off to play in the Nationwide Memorial Pro-Am my local club builder Ken Schall Golf Performance Studio
sent me with a PXG mustang putter $400. When I got back I drove to his shop and paid for it no questions asked.
Point to this story is you should try the clubs before getting all bitter about the price. Or just grow a set of balls and make more money.
PXG

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Joe Gendron July 28, 2016 at 7:10 pm

I wish I could truly afford them but I am not wealthy. So I bought Bridgestone J15CB’s which are beautiful

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Jason Humes July 28, 2016 at 6:17 pm

slice off the 1 percent and market clubs to them… I suppose there’s a market for everyone. as a former Marine I’m happy for Bob. he’s got confidence and a don’t care attitude; but let’s be real here- regular guys don’t pay 5000 dollars for a set of clubs…AND they only sell the heads. You’ve still got to buy the shafts!
I don’t see how or why the TM or Callaway or Ping or Titleist or the rest of the industry will care… they aren’t going to create a five thousand dollar set of clubs.
Let Bob be Bob… he can mail a new set of irons to the Donald each week. :)

http://www.pga.com/golf-equipment/product-spotlight/parsons-xtreme-golf-clubs-starting-sell-well-despite-their-high

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Kurren Virk July 28, 2016 at 6:13 pm

The irons are better than other companies. The woods aren’t. The driver is actually worse

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MyGolf Spy July 28, 2016 at 6:16 pm

Don’t disagree but that is not the point of the article.

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Mike Harris March 19, 2016 at 12:13 pm

This is the guy who videotaped killing an Elephant, put it to AC/DC music and managed to promote go daddy at the same time… I think I’ll stick with my Titleists.

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M.Duchesne April 3, 2015 at 10:02 pm

Bob is probably the kind of guy who has tried try the very first Power Pod driver existed,…or have had his own golf shop close to a Family friendly Mini put center.Wathever it is…..I sense a passionate highlander with a beard ,That want nothing but the very best out of golf clubs performance an raw quality ,a metal expert that had a science to give out to the world of golf.Congrats to him and his crew for their efforts .Hard works patients and years of analysis always produce some results. I see myself use a wedge made with moveable screws ,I would like a set of 3 wedges a 48 a 52 and a 55 with light shafts left handed giveways .
Wath a nice way to start the new season.Golspy is a very devoted group and the members to, I like this site very much.

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TJ March 29, 2015 at 5:24 pm

Best feel and distance, put one of the new Penley shafts in any club and you will achieve just that! It’s all about the shaft and proper fit thereof and using the right ball! If you want the best performance, get the best shaft…not the most expensive shaft, THE best quality, best feeling, best performing shaft. You can’t lose no matter what club you put it in! Just my unsolicited “2 cent worth”.

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Pointfive Golf Company LLC, NA February 20, 2015 at 10:52 am

In our 25 years of business in the golf industry we have seen golf club designers, developers, marketers and others, all with great expectations of bringing their new unrivaled top of the line products to market.
We then after about two years(sometimes three)end up purchasing the product at a closeout sale for 10 cents on the dollar or less. Although we don’t find fault with the undying spirit of innovation & product design (hey, we love the eventual firesale), we do however think it’s continually odd, how little these newbie money-in-their-pocket entrepreneurs really know about the wants of golfer’s and how to grow the game.

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PGLD February 19, 2015 at 3:27 pm

Show me the launch data compared to the top 5 OEMs, otherwise, get off your soap box Bob. We’ve all heard the claims thousands of times. There’s not much more one can do to a clubhead to make it significantly better, especially at some ridiculous price. 1-2 more yards and better”feel” ain’t gonna cut it. The proof is in the NUMBERS, not hyped-up claims with subjective qualifiers.

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Anthony Marino February 8, 2015 at 3:28 pm

Very interested in players clubs

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Brad January 24, 2015 at 11:35 am

The wedges have a similar look to the new Callaway Mac Daddy as far as holes with screws. Reminds me of something that I would consider buying at a sharper Images, or Sky Mall Magazine….kinda cool, but maybe a little too much, but when it comes down to buying them, probably not.

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M.Coz January 18, 2015 at 4:57 pm

Well this has created quite a storm. I welcome this guy to try to do what he can. While it should be interesting there are some basics here. Will, desire and money can accomplish some things but it will have to be a lucky piece of genius for them to find real success. He is asking two guys from Ping to find another dimension of innovation that the others with their large R&D teams and huge annual budgets (likely more in a year than this company will sell in their first few of some success). This is not to demean their two man team (one a former tour player and one time winner (Nicholette). Irons are essentially easier to design than woods and drivers because the results are more visible and dynamic. Look at all of the long term club companies that have success with irons and little success in drivers in recent years (Mizuno, Bridgestone, Wilson, Cleveland/Srxon). Even Titleist’s new offerings have borrowed much of their technology from the other big guys (often two+ yrs later). Little guys with “money to burn” have founded/created some very interesting and notable things in Golf. Burrows (who we found out later didn’t have unlimited funds) came out with a hollowed sole drive that eventually found success in a “similar” form with Nike. Plus their most important contribution was their innovative fitting carts with the changeable/exchangeable shafts that is in essence used by all of the big guys now.
As for the PXG irons, one thing that I want to point out is that the apparent weight screws likely don’t have anything underneath they are likely made from different metals which have different weight due to the type of metal they are (Bobby Grace putters has used this for many years when custom fitting their putters). They likely have three different ones. So the exact level of fitting could be interesting although it could be a time intensive effort. Many people here think that there is little real innovation in iron designs and performance. That is incorrect. All anyone has to do actually go play with the new RSI irons and see how the face slots actually seriously improves forgiveness both directionally and distance. (Note I realize haters here will spew their wrath without really ever knowing that this is a big time game changer. Frankly I believe TM has not fully marketed it as they should have)
Anyway a big question here is will the “everyman” be able to test these new clubs from PXG? It sounds like they will be very expensive and thus elusive. I can’t see this emerging company (regardless of the money behind them) having a broad sense of exact fitting locations. Hopefully I am wrong. I will say that I am looking forward to what they bring to the business. The more the merrier. And if they do have something that makes a difference I will find a way to put them in my bag.
SO LET’S SEE . . . .

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Bluch January 16, 2015 at 3:04 pm

Bear in mind Eli Callaway owned Callaway Winery before entering the golf club business, and look at his success starting with Big Bertha.

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Jordan Speeth October 8, 2015 at 9:36 pm

Eli Callaway sold his first clubs exclusively in the men’s furnishings department at Neiman Marcus too. They’ve come a long way.

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Tillman January 16, 2015 at 2:08 am

OK…

I have been an avid reader of MGS since I started playing golf. Also a biology/chemistry scientist by trade.

They make a really good effort to be objective and tell it like they see it. I have made several purchases based on their work and have been very pleased.

The article clearly states that it is an OPINION – NOT a review.

My opinion is simply wait and see what comes out. As I said above, the proof is in the pudding.

I trust that the tests will allow the MGS author to either crow about the opinion or have to eat crow…:-)

As will the marketplace.

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BKHacker January 15, 2015 at 2:48 pm

Sounds like you were impressed by the man. Glad you enjoyed the time you spent with him. That said just because you liked him, and he has had success in other business ventures has little or no bearing on the likelihood of him building game changing or groundbreaking golf equipment. As others have said, many have tried and most have failed. I am sure you will have his clubs for your 2015 or at worst 2016 “Most Wanted” testing and since the numbers don’t lie you will then disclose weather PXG is a true game changer or just high dollar hype. I for one can’t wait for the test results.

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Joe Golfer January 12, 2015 at 3:42 pm

I wonder if these will be a Custom Fit Only type of thing as opposed to someone simply purchasing them online without trying them first simply because of the great hype of the company’s website.
As an example, Oban Shafts must be purchased through a custom fitter, and thus I would expect the purchaser to get a superior product for their particular swing.
It may be that PXG will be custom fit only as opposed to “off the rack”, and all the shafts will be premium, high end shafts (the type that usually cost in the neighborhood of $400).
If that is the case, then they might hold to the author’s guarantee that they will out perform and out feel everything else, since the clubs will be custom tailored to that particular buyer’s swing.

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Rod_CCCGOLFUSA January 12, 2015 at 2:11 pm

I can’t wait to see these new clubs introduced, especially if they come with performance information that clubmakers can use in fitting. The PGA Show is so dominated by the big 3 OEM’s that send their marketing boys to explain equipment features instead of the R&D staff. A new approach will be more than welcome, especially if it comes with a reasonable distribution and promotion package.

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andrew January 12, 2015 at 12:57 am

a few points/observations- 1: this piece does play like an ad, and possibly an endorsement of this man- is this what was in store for us readers in the future? 2: i am very interested to see what comes out of this, but smoke and mirrors tend to upset folks who have seen them before. 3: many will not like this statement, but a very, very rich man has relied on the many, many of the rest of us who are not so to help his vision to fruition, and so should not be taken as entirely “self-made”. 4: (purely personal) if i had amassed a fortune that neither myself, nor my extended family to come could ever exhaust, i would be willing, as any start-up business owner could tell you will happen, to take significant losses in order to further the brand, and not rely on exorbitant pricing to cover costs. not for a company- a boutique, maybe. and finally, 5: i fully expect to see the full lineup submitted for ultimate testing/ any and all comparisons in the future- put your money where your money is, so to speak.

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The Best Looking Man in Golf January 11, 2015 at 9:37 pm

A man with a passion for the game along with the means to start an equipment business with a limitless budget. This is good for golf.

Fun article X!

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JBone January 11, 2015 at 5:07 pm

Great – – I love MGS but this specific newsletter is kinda like getting blue&@//$ – A great build up to a gentle pain of nothingness!!! So what can a man say but – Where’s the BOOM!!!

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RC January 11, 2015 at 2:29 pm

The bottom line is that I do trust MyGolfSpy, because I’ve followed for long enough to know they bring you the real, while cutting out the BS. This does sound a bit like a bromance, but X and the rest of the spy fam should be given the benefit of the doubt. If this turns out to be what it appears on the surface to be, X will deserve to be impugned as a source of legitimate information, and skewered on this site. But after all he’s done to provide us with info that actually HAS proven beneficial, I’m willing to see where this goes without just dismissing it out of hand – and those who react without seeing how it plays out are just haters…

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Jcq January 11, 2015 at 1:45 pm

We will wait and see

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SkipThisAd January 11, 2015 at 11:10 am

I’m smelling a “GoParsonClubs” commercial during this year Superbowl instead of a GoDAddy ad in order to brainwash us with more “empty promised” clubs.
I already see the commercial claiming that these are “the last clubs you’ll ever need” to gain unlimited distance and accuracy. I bet too,that the guy in the commercial will have a girl caddy,maybe a girl from a GoDaddy ad, with half naked outfit and pants so short that you can see her social security number,hugging the guy after a great shot (edited for TV viewers) while reminding us that these exclusive clubs are not for looser (broked) like us.

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Scotsman January 11, 2015 at 11:10 am

With all the real issues we have to face, some folks are getting awfully hot under the collar about MGS’s opinion of what they think this character may achieve in the golf world. Whatever happened to ‘you pay your money and take your choice’. Personally, if this company produce clubs that help me significantly lower my handicap, I’d buy them. Muira cost x 2, 3, wouldn’t care.
In the meantime I’ll keep taking lessons and using the relatively poorly made products made by the major manufacturers.

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Bfarrell January 11, 2015 at 10:47 am

That’s masters……

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Doug Hansen January 11, 2015 at 11:31 am

I don’t know about golf being “stuck up” – not when you check in at a local muni someplace and see who’s actually playing. A lot of blue collar blending in with white, creating its own “50 Shades of Grey” and beyond.

It is a fun game for those who pursue it in an aggressive/passionate fashion, though. Yes, the game will always have its “crummy snobatoriums”, as Rodney Dangerfield put it in “Caddyshack”, but public golf is more the backbone of the game than private golf is.

Maybe the “stuck up” part has to do with the fact that, for years, it was always knows as “A Gentleman’s Game”. With the decline in the most basic of social graces I can understand some of the labeling, but not when you visit a First Tee program: There the suggestion of “stuckupedness” is nowhere, absolutely nowhere to be found.

And for the damn near 40 years I’ve been in the business, I’ve seen the “Gentleman’s Game” in action from Garden City to Gettysburg, from Maidstone to Maple Moor – all played by people from all walks of life, in a mostly dignified and polite manner.

Having stated that, there’s nothing funnier than Robin Williams’ take on the game as it was born in Scotland!!

Cheers.

Doug Hansen, PGA

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Alex January 11, 2015 at 11:40 am

Well said Doug. Unfortunately that stigma of golf being “stuck up” has followed the game due to its roots. Most people however don’t take the time to look at the game as it is now and see that the majority of players are no longer the snobs that are pictured in the golf movies they watch (caddyshack, greatest game ever played). In fact the younger generations of golfers don’t embody any of that old school attitude that plagued the game in the past. Thanks to efforts of dedicated industry professionals to grow the game, golf continually becomes more and more accessible.

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andrew January 12, 2015 at 12:38 am

golf’s roots were in a place that was not particularly well off at the time, invented and played by folks who likely would be considered middle class.

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Bfarrell January 11, 2015 at 10:46 am

It’s about time golf had a kick in its perverbal tight ass.
The ads are nothing new, they even slide to the same
Bullshit as the big guys just in a more fuck yeah way.
So be it… Golf is the most stuck up game one could play
so a little shake up is a good thing…..just ask dick sports.
Ps…Let’s not give the guy too much credit because we don’t want
him to comment on the maters any day soon…..whatch a go daddy
Ad and you will get it

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darrell January 11, 2015 at 4:13 am

Great reading,there are points for and against Bob and what he is trying to achieve in the world of golf.Lets not knock the guy for having a go and who knows he may bring out a line of clubs that will be within reach of the lower wage earners of this world.I sincerely hope that he has contacted the golf club GURU of this world Tom Wishon and sort some guidance on the tech side of club making on what works and what doesnt work,.Callaway and Taylor Made would love to have Tom Wishon on their books I have no doubt.My Golf Spy tells it how it is and they are to be applauded for that.Competition is not a bad thing in retail,lets see who takes PXG on in the up market equipment game.

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Jake January 11, 2015 at 1:24 am

While it’s always nice to hope that this turns out well, it’s never a good idea to count all your chickens before they hatch. Also I think it’s unfair to say that about the guys at Miura, you can’t say something that bold before the product even hits the market. If it outperforms it, then damn, this guy is on to something. To say this guy will revolutionize golf because of his persona or history, is like saying Michael Jordan was going to revolutionize the Charlotte Bobcats because he is Michael Jordan, which didn’t/hasn’t turned out well as of now. I appreciate his effort to making good quality clubs, but I will never see myself laying down 2 or more grand on a set of irons or several hundred on any other club, I’ve heard on the course numerous times “A paint brush doesn’t make an artist an artist.” Same with golf, I can hit a solid draw or a solid shank with any club. Last thing I want is this guy to make people forget about the fad of owning the new and focus on having the most expensive. Next thing we know is we have every manufacturer how big or small shelling out the same stuff for a couple hundred bucks more. I like that letter he wrote, but it seems like all these things are just hobbies or ideas that rich people do. Like normal paid guys who try to restore an old muscle car. Im hoping for the best but not expecting it. It seems like he is targeting the top tier spenders. Which is fair, if you willing to spend for the best, you should get the best. If you willing to spend a good amount, you will get what you paid for. It’s not the companies problem you’ve been miss hitting any club that’s been placed in your hand. What’s gonna make you think this high priced blade looking(by the pictures) iron is going to suddenly make you start hitting 80% GIRs and lose 5+ strokes from your game. I would like to have a Question and answer with this guy about his goals. That’s if he will lend his time to interact with us plebeians. I don’t see the current state of products in the game to be an issue. People will impulsively buy. They’re dudes at my club who have a new driver every week. Those same guys spend their entire range session every day working on their driver swings. WHATS THE POINT! For less than that driver myself or any golfer with somewhat knowledge of swing fundementals can help. If anything positive comes out of this “revolution” I hope it shows that many golfers want to see a focus on a singular club rather than how many can we push out. Those Taylormade R7s are still my favorite line of drivers and woods. Unfortunatley, money is all these major companies see. The formula works, if you build the same club with different names and colors, people will buy.

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Lou albonetti January 11, 2015 at 12:04 am

Golf needs a joilt, let’s not give all the credit to the under 30 group. Golf is a game for life, I know I just started my 60th year playing the game & still play to a single digit handicap. Innovation drives the market, we all like something new, it makes us a better player, how else can we justify spending the money.

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Mike S January 12, 2015 at 1:40 am

I see so it is the arrow not the archer? Silly me 25 years ago the average handicap was something like 18 or 20. Today with all the advances in technology and equipment it’s, wait for it still the same. Face it we buy the latest and greatest because it’s something new and shiny.

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Reid Zadow January 10, 2015 at 11:40 pm

Just when I was starting to think MGS was one of the best golf sites/forums on the net and was getting ready to spread some good press to my friends about it, out comes this ‘All Hail Bob’ stuff. And then the all defensive, screw you if you don’t see it my way stance in response to some negative reaction by forum members. Sad day indeed. Very disappointed in all of this.

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steve January 10, 2015 at 11:36 pm

I like them..They are different not the same old clubs you see every day..Plus I would buy them

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Paul January 10, 2015 at 11:30 pm

Sorry, not impressed. Another company headed up by a rich guy is making outrageously expensive clubs and singing their praises. (And in this case they are not even out yet…) How unique and refreshing. (i trust the scarcasm is suitably obvious).
Hey Bob, how about making nice clubs that are actually affordable for someone making less than your avgerage CEO? But then again, i am probably one of the select few for which these clubs are not intended. No matter, Bob doesn’t care what I think anyway. Well, back at you Bobby.
Best of luck in your new venture. I am sure you will do well in the Japanese market.
All the best,
Paul

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Leftienige January 15, 2015 at 2:11 pm

Hi Paul, there’s a club manufacturer out there doing JUST what you’re asking for !
They make eminently playable gear, of high build quality , at prices the” top 3″ would charge for a few dozen balls .
Not only that , they’ve been doing it , and doing it well , for decades upon decades .
If I now add their tag-line “winner of most majors” , you might guess it ?
Yes, it’s Wilson .
I’m not a Wilson employee , just a guy who started out with their ’60s clubs , moved away to try Titleist /Ping/T’Made , watched my h’cp slowly worsen over the years . (Not all the clubs’ fault , some shoulder surgery plus “anno domini” took their effect)
Then about 10 years later I chanced across a Wilson demo-day on a nice Saturday afternoon at a nearby golf-club, hit what was intended to be a couple of try-out shots with a mid-iron , felt SOOO good , I was still there hitting balls at the end of the day when the reps were tapping watches , (probably hoping for an early finish & a pint in the clubhouse)
I’m now back with Wilson , LOVING them . Just suspend any prejudices you may have , give them a try , you might get a nice surprise !
Don’t spread it around , but I really think people would be tripping over each other to buy Wilson clubs if they were more expensive .
Cheers , Nige .

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Annsguy January 10, 2015 at 11:15 pm

So I understand this guy is loud and profane. But it seemed you felt the need to use foul language to be as cool as him.(It doesn’t work that way)
I am sure the clubs will be great. He is willing to spend to insure that. But who can afford them.
Also as you and other blogs have mentioned there are fewer doors to sell to. Plus these price points sure are not going to big box stores.
Good luck.

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Lindsay January 10, 2015 at 10:35 pm

We will see if your hype lives up to my expectations. I would love to try them when they become available

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Wes January 10, 2015 at 10:24 pm

Well fine., whatever you say.
Bring it.
If it’s good, great.
When we see it we can better understand.
Right now, it’s talk, and talk is everywhere.

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Joe Guthry January 10, 2015 at 9:01 pm

The TM slider Driver uses a 20 grams weight to change face angle. I have 10 grams weight I replace the 20 gram and then use 65 gram shafts. These heads must have a good custom fit shaft to ever be game improving. Doesn’t any one get it? I question, how effective these small weight are? But, you don’t know till you try them. These will becoming in the spring. http://www.launch300.com

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jack ripper January 10, 2015 at 8:40 pm

How lucky are the golfers in the Britain where it all began (so we are told) some who just walk down the road to a piece of land that is windy,misty,greens are fairways but mown closer and its called the local links and have been around for hundreds of years the clubs they use probably the same so PXT would just be letters of the alphabet to them.
THE KEY is no big flash clubhouse to pay off,no pros to financially prop up,fees that dont need a bank loan to play and a play it as it lies culture that has been handed down from their fathers,grand and great,just keep it simple and the game has evolved.
Downunder in AUS courses are going down the building big clubhouse going broke path or my local 4 office/3 pros but only 21/2 working on course but fees to high,members leaving to go to nearby clubs no pros,1 or 2 in office/club and the right number of greenstaff to keep the course looking great,not to mention drinks are so much dearer my club.

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Tllman January 10, 2015 at 8:29 pm

All of the comments considered… the proof will be in the pudding.

Wait ans see.

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Dalton McCrary January 10, 2015 at 7:47 pm

—- Truth in Advertising and the Golf Industry should never be put in the same sentence. —-
That is an undisputed fact. Another undisputed fact is equipment effects your motion and golfers swing motions are as different as fingerprints. One size fits all is what RACK GOLF CLUBS ARE PERIOD. Everyone with money wants to be in the golf business. There an old saying in the golf industry that goes like this: THE GOLF INDUSTRY AND MADE SOME REALLY WEALTHY PEOPLE JUST KIND OF SORT OF WELL OFF. So he bought a golf course, so he’s got a billion dollars. Think that means he can re-invent the Rack Golf Club and make it fit even 50% of the golfers, GET BACK LORETTA. Think again, no he’s not. In the end he’s still making a set of rack golf clubs. The Rolls Royce of golf club is Henry-Griffitts. They pioneered Dynamic Club Fitting. They Patented the process. They set the industry’s standard for how golfers are supposed to be fit. They wrote the Manual. ———– NO ONE CAN DO WHAT THEY DO ————PERIOD. And that includes this joker.

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john hoare January 10, 2015 at 7:44 pm

interesting, reading everyone s take on PXG and the different responses
I wonder what putters would look like if S.K.in trying to solve his flatstick woes come up with (eventually) his anser design,look at all the people who fattened their wallets and take the credit S.C. for example no so much a designer but developer.
I have a garage full of golf clubs and play with them all at different times,and i will probably someday get my hands on PXG to add to the collection, if my game improves i would be surprised but my ego would be appeased.
I look at the game of golf and its not clubs,balls or new found coaching methods or after game rub downs with blonde masseurs that is going to cause a re think on all fronts.

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JamieR January 10, 2015 at 7:53 pm

Actually…a blonde masseur…after the round…I’d play with Wal-Marts best…and be happy.

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muscleback January 10, 2015 at 7:29 pm

‘you were truly excited about is Bob’s idea and the prospect of what it might do for the consumer in the marketplace.”

and what consumer would that be?

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Alex January 10, 2015 at 7:41 pm

Anyone who buys equipment…. a big spender coming into the industry could put some pressure on the big guys (Taylormade Callaway) to finally smarten up and treat the consumer with some respect in order to maintain loyalty. I dont pretend to know what he is coming out with and without that knowledge its tough to say what impact it might have. However if it might force some innovation among other manufacturers how can that be a bad thing?

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muscleback January 10, 2015 at 8:40 pm

“anyone who buys equipment”
…it’s called “Extreme Golf”, so I guess it’s aimed at extreme players with extreme money…just a guess. Somehow I don’t think this dude cares a whole lot about the “little guy” or “anyone who buys equipment”, only “extreme” people, whatever the fuck that means.

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Alex January 10, 2015 at 7:21 pm

Extremely well said. I thought the message of the article was pretty clear. It was not go buy these clubs or even that these clubs are going to be the next best thing. It was simply that what he has planned could prove very interesting as far as the dynamic of the retail market is concerned. I for one enjoy that you are intellectually invested in the topic however i think the fact that you are genuinely excited about this topic has been misconstrued by your readers as you promoting him and his business. Correct me if i’m wrong as i dont want to assume but I felt what you were truly excited about is Bob’s idea and the prospect of what it might do for the consumer in the marketplace.
Cheers

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tmvds January 10, 2015 at 7:19 pm

“You all prefer copy and pasted press releases all over the internet dictated as fact. Wake up golfers” “You all read nothing of substance anymore”

I’m no marketing genius, but insulting your readers and target audience/members surely can’t be what drives a successful business. Unless you are Bob, then the business/club doesn’t really matter, you’re a billionaire.

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mygolfspy January 10, 2015 at 7:27 pm

If you haven’t noticed I’m not in the marketing genius business. I’m in the business of speaking the truth and giving a no bullshit honest opinion. If you can’t handle that, sounds like you might want to visit a marketing website for your golf news.

I’m just glad we still have 500,000 readers a month that care about the finding the truth.

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Jason January 11, 2015 at 8:27 pm

I’m one of your long time readers who love this site but you seem to be protesting too much. Unusual that you seem to have taken it very personally & seem to come across as being upset that not everyone loves this guys ideas & philosophy, which don’t seem to be aimed at average golfers anyway. You do great work but I think you’ve lost objectivity here.

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Regis January 11, 2015 at 9:34 pm

On the contrary. I think you and others have made your point. Now you’re beating it to death. Many evaluations from theatre reviews to Hall of Fame voting have some degree of bias. Could there be some here. Maybe. But the author has been criticized for responding at all to the numerous posts challenging his integrity. Then is goaded again by those who want more response. I assume you are intelligent enough to disregard a review you find tainted by bias or disregard the site entirely. So why the rehashing of the same complaint. Do you assume the rest of us are any less intelligent than you?

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andrew January 12, 2015 at 12:32 am

a journalist maintains his/her objectivity. if that is lost, it ceases to be journalism.

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mygolfspy January 10, 2015 at 7:10 pm

This is not an ad, not an advertorial, not content marketing, it is nothing a single dollar or anything else with a pennies worth of value got exchanged. I have been doing this 15 years and pride myself in putting the consumer first and the companies dead last. I think I have earned that respect since launching MyGolfSpy.

I am not saying I like the guy, you should like the guy or you should like his clubs. I am giving my opinion about what he will do to this industry. The fact that it upsets so many of you that I and many others feel this way is predictable. Anytime change happens, the majority push back. So, it’s understandable. Any time someone has an actual opinion about something the golf world freaks out. That’s why Golf Digest and GolfWRX not only exist but thrive. You all prefer copy and pasted press releases all over the internet dictated as fact. Wake up golfers, those facts were written by the golf companies themselves and demanded to be published AS IS. You all read nothing of substance anymore and you have become conditioned to not only except it but worse yet believe it.

I know this guy, I know golf and I took those two things and wrote a story about it. Why do you all assume every thing we publish is proof we have sold out. Just because we have a strong opinion based on years of experience? One of these days you are going to realize I can not be influenced by golf companies to write anything other than what I truly believe.

So not it’s NOT called an advertorial, it’s called an article written by me about how I feel about a topic. Nothing more, nothing less.

And if you actually read it before blasting off in the comments section you would have realized the entire article was meant to capture the “essence” of Bob Parsons. Looks like I succeeded.

The man is both controversial and polarizing, just like this comment section.

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Mike S January 12, 2015 at 1:27 am

You know up to this article I have loved this site, I loved your objectivity, I loved the fact that you spoke it straight you weren’t afraid to call the big guys to task etc. I loved that you didn’t take money from the big OEMs, that you did testing that was as objective and close to real life as you could get it. I loved that you have revamped your testing to make it even more so. I loved that you didn’t sell out. Until now. This article intended or not came across as what did one person say earlier? “nose to butt hype” I’m happy you have 500,000 monthly readers and and I’m proud to say that I am one who has donated money to this site. Whether you intended it or not, your “article” came across exactly they way lots of people here, me included have commented. Just our opinions, man up and accept that not everyone has the same opinions you do. OH by the way that wasn’t an article it was an opinion piece. Which you as the publisher certainly have the right to “print.” Just call it what it is, an Op Ed piece.

Of course page counts could be down and this whole thing was just a way to boost them back up. Bloggers do it all the time.

I’m not sure what someone who says that his clubs are only aimed at the elite half percent of golfers is going to do to improve the state of the game today. How about taking the hundreds of millions he is going to dump into this and oh , how about funding the First Tee around the country? That would certainly do more to improve the state of the game of golf. As far as the “industry,” the people who make the equipment are concerned, I couldn’t care less. I’ve never been a guy to buy every new thing and the 6 month release cycle just meant that all I had to do was wait a few month and I got th “latest and greatest at a discounted price. I did enjoy you calling them to task on it though. Did it hurt the retailers yes….at least the small retailers. I know for a fact that at least Golfsmith gets rebated but TM et all for stock on hand when it needs to be discounted. So tell me, how is Bob going to make golf better for me? I think that he is doing this because it’s a great way to massage his inflated ego. just my opinion, but one I have the right to post as a reader, for now, of this site.

And quite frankly telling me that “every time you write an article like this” I freak out and such just pisses me off. You have the right to your opinion just don’t be so arrogant as to think that I have to agree with it. Yep you have earned respect over the past 15 years. For me at least this editorial chipped away at it a bit.

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fleeter January 12, 2015 at 11:57 am

Sweet response!

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blstrong (SeeRed) January 19, 2015 at 3:45 pm

Ouch. X, I think I took the article the way it was intended, meaning that you are excited about a possible new player in the golf industry, or world, who might shake things up in a positive way, and you wanted to share that with your readership. Because that’s what MGS does, share golf industry information in all of its many forms without bias or spin. I respect that what you wrote is your opinion and reflects your experience, both with Bob P and the golf industry in general. What stings me now is that your response above contains so many unflattering generalizations regarding your readers’ ability to read and analyze what’s being written in that golf world. I think the number of commentors here and in many other MGS articles who naturally assume bias and accuse you and other MGS staffers of such is pretty shameful, but they exist and will continue to comment. What disappointed me here was your willingness to almost stoop to that level. Keep your thick skin and stay objective, and try not to lump everyone into the same boat. (I obviously do not have the same thick skin.) Remember, never get into a mud fight with a pig. You both end up dirty and the pig enjoys it.

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Kevin Unterreiner January 10, 2015 at 6:57 pm

Muscleback…thought someone might think that of my post as I was writing it. That’s why I posted my full and real name. Look me up via TwinCitesGolf or Hack to Jack. I have NOTHING vested or connected with MyGolfSpy. Just a fan of reading their stuff – it’s helped me find some great equipment and love their non-biased writeups.

I’m also a golf business owner, though, so I tend to look for the positive side of stories like this and support people and initiatives that are trying to help golf.

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Kevin Unterreiner January 10, 2015 at 5:54 pm

As someone who has been in the golf business myself as a golf event manager since 1998 & now as a golf reality show producer, I think Bob Parsons putting money and attention into golf is a great thing. Golf needs some renegades to inject some passion, excitement and new energy into it.

I’ve also been a Godaddy customer since 1998 and absolutely love them. I was with NetworkSolutions before and they save me a TON of money. And not sure about those rants on their service…I’ve always had great service (and no, I’m not getting paid to say this). This is coming from someone who literally has called in for service HUNDREDS of times at all times of day and night.

Like many avid golfers, I’ll try anything “new and improved” so look forward to testing the PXG products…then (like all of us should) decide if the performance is worth the price tag.

Having used Bob’s products since Parsons Technology software in the 80’s, he has a knack of succeeding and making things that are consumer friendly and widely adopted – while attracting massive media attention. If his success in his new golf venture was a wager in Vegas, I’d bet on that one in a heartbeat. If you don’t think the guy is using his wealth to try and make the world a better place, check out the Wikipedia page on him. Oh, and the dude has a Purple Heart as a rifleman in the Marines so I wouldn’t recommend insulting him to his face. Me? I respect the hell out of the guy for his service, philanthropy and business successes.

Thanks MGS for sharing this info and look forward to following the PXG story.

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fleeter January 12, 2015 at 11:56 am

I agree. More competition might just start keeping the other guys a little more honest – it all depends on how big of and impact or splash he makes. If he can get a couple top25 players on tour on board things might move a little faster for him too, or on the opposite end of the scale we could be referring to it as the now defunct PXG golf company….

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John Kuczeski January 10, 2015 at 5:33 pm

If some self made billionaire wants to throw his hat in the golfing arena ring, then the more power to him! He obviously has a passion for the game or he wouldn’t be pursuing it! I will be very interested to see the unveiling of PXG’s club lineup. Also, If Ryan Moore switched over to PXG as mentioned in one of the comments, then there has to be some substance to this!

When will we see the official launch?

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Alex January 10, 2015 at 5:55 pm

Glad to hear your optimism, these are my thoughts exactly. If he fails it doesn’t affect me in any way shape or form but if he succeeds he could change the industry for the better for us consumers. Interested to see what he has to offer and how it pans out.

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Mike S January 10, 2015 at 5:10 pm

Wow, Really drank the koolaid huh? I agree with above. Totally offensive article that smacks of (whether true or not) of being “bought” by good old Bob. This is the guy who posted a video of him shooting an elephant in Africa and couldn’t see why people got upset about it. This is a guy who’s company, GoGaddy is the most unethical, poorly run, lack of customer service company in the domain hosting industry. This is the guy who bought Scottsdale National and basically kicked out its current membership. This is the guy who supported SOPA. Who the fuck cares if his clubs will be great for that one percent is made for? Not going to impact the vast majority of of golfers.

But mostly shame on you for coming across as “bought and paid for.” That’s what I have loved about this site was the fact that you weren’t with the large OEM’s. Just looks like you sold out to some rich egotistical asshole that has the money to keep pouring it down a hole in an attempt to buy respectability. I’m seriously considering not dontating any more money to you all and start looking for another site to follow.

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Oldplayer January 10, 2015 at 5:29 pm

Good on you Mike. I couldn’t have said it better myself!!

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DAvid January 10, 2015 at 4:43 pm

I love the fact that he is doing what I see as moving the needle. It may be a bad comparison but he is acting along the same lines as Mark Cuban. I am more apt to support a company that the owners/directors put their money where their mouth is rather than try to manipulate the market to conform to what they want to sell. Put out the best product and let the market decide. I will never purchase a Taylormade or Callaway product because they are throwing crap against the wall and seeing what sticks.

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Joe Guthry January 10, 2015 at 4:39 pm

Go get em Bobby and good luck. Most golfers don’t know which end to hold on a club. I invented the only training aid Harvey Penick every endorsed. In fact, his last video with Lanny Wadkins was about my training aid. The big boys want let golfers know the truth. Truth about golf.
Is this. Hitting the Sweet spot and swing speed are the only thing that really matters. That is all accomplished with the right shaft mainly with the right head. This Must be custom fit period.

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sloswingspeed January 10, 2015 at 3:38 pm

Welllll……….I wish him well. The heads are about moving metal around so the marketing guys can have a field day, talk about stuff few have heard, and color and medallion them to catch the eye, whether weighted or un-weighted holes in the cavity back area. Truth is, it’s usually all in the shaft !…..With the right swing technique and ball speed, with the right total weight, soft enough flex and correct bend point…..most anyone can hit any head. Didn’t say nuke it…said hit it. Still have a Mac Burrows 56* SW. He was not so over the top, but dropped a bundle which took 3 years, I think. As was told, “time will tell’…and it will here. Hope he can convert the bravado and over the top ” I’m a rough Motha, so watch out” dialogue, into some success. TM and Callaway have wasted major charisma, and those who know anything about mass production, realize how many X times cost these bozos are initially introducing their products Bombs away !.

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Oldplayer January 10, 2015 at 3:21 pm

So many great comments here calling out this poorly disguised marketing stunt driven by some egomaniac billionaire.
It restores my faith in the average reader/golfer that they can see through this crappy hype and have a view that shows that they value humility, maturity action rather than words.
I wanted to comment on so many posts that decry this crass individual and his blustering attempt to break into the industry that more than anything now needs common sense and a grown up appreciation of how best to move into the future.
Well done to all those who call out this nonsense ( I could use stronger language but I will refrain as it is not cool as the authors of this article try to make it) and I hope this guy fails miserably as we don’t need his type character in the business.

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txgolfjunkie January 10, 2015 at 3:18 pm

Lots of interesting opinions on here…which is good. It’s like a controversial sports commentator says something brash. It may not sit well with the general public, but it gets people talking. I think this story has more comments than Bridgestone’s iron release or Nike’s vapor line release.

In case you’re wondering, Ryan Moore, who might be the PGA equivalent of Parsons in the sense of pioneer/shaking things up, is playing these irons this week in Hawaii. He declined an equipment contract with TaylorMade to play these irons. There must be something to the performance side of things if he turned down guaranteed money to play them. He may not be the flashy golfer as a Fowler, Reed, etc, but the guy has a consistent game. Heck, we may have never known about True Linkswear golf shoes if it wasn’t for Ryan Moore.

Do these irons look sexy? No doubt. Do they scream $$$$? Of course. Is this Parsons guy in it to make serious bank in the golf industry? I doubt it. But so what. These aren’t your typical mass produced iron sets with various degrees of imperfections. I, personally, would probably enjoy irons of this caliber (maybe not a blade or muscle back so much but something of this quality) until I saw the price tag. But Parsons warned us about it. These aren’t for everyone but it speaks volumes when they are already in play on tour.

Great article. Can’t wait to see if you guys get to test them.

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allanp1963 January 10, 2015 at 2:18 pm

Love(d) Mygolfspy. After this advertising blurb, really not so sure now.

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BSGolfer January 10, 2015 at 1:56 pm

Another manufacturer in the industry is a good thing for the game of golf. I wish Bob well.
That said, I was disappointed to read your article today. I can’t believe one round of golf with a bombastic billionaire would have you so enamored with his product when it isn’t even available to the public yet. One of the things that has always set MyGolfSpy apart from the others has been your objectivity when reporting on the industry. You’re in the tank for this guy. That’s not like you. For me, it has cost you the credibility and trust that has set you apart. My “buyer beware” light came on after reading your piece today. That’s never happened before at MyGolfSpy.

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Cat Man January 10, 2015 at 1:26 pm

Golf Spy do you have a vested interest in this company? Seems odd you would hype something before: A. you got it in your hand and B. you tested it! I like the article about Bob but not the hype on a product yet to be seen or used.

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Jack January 10, 2015 at 1:21 pm

Gonna wait and pick them up on ebay.

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fleeter January 12, 2015 at 11:49 am

watch out for counterfeits!!! :)

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Edward January 10, 2015 at 1:05 pm

Grip, Alignment, Swing Plane, all properly executed by the equipment/ golf club? Really!
Tour and low handicap players benefit from the playability designed into clubs. The bulk of golfers gain some correction from the forgiveness built into clubs and balls controlling spin. To a point. The greatest improvement (exclude golf Ball) to hitting it Straighter, Longer in my belief is; the advancement with swing training equipment .
Players today can SEE record, compare, replay etc.etc. all aspect of their playing abilities. Compared to past lesson which a friend, other player, of teaching Pro would watch you hit balls and try to train you with a fix.
Thinking a club will correct my alignment, grip, swing plane, stance, tempo, not to mention course management. Well is like believing my car will perform better than it did before It was washed and Waxed. It might look better, as new expensive golf clubs may.

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Reidzo January 10, 2015 at 1:03 pm

All this complaining about current golf technology and equipment. The problem with too many golfers is not that someone hasn’t created the ‘perfect’ set of clubs or driver for them, it’s that most are too lazy to practice and work on their game. There is ample selection of quality golf gear for all levels of golfer as well as instruction materials and methods available but again most golfers are too lazy or vain to admit it is the golfer and not the equipment that is resulting in undesirable scores on the golf course. The golf world can add 10 guys like to Bob to the mix and it’s not going to make a significant difference.

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Jason January 10, 2015 at 12:39 pm

Not the usual quality article from the golfspy team. Aren’t you guys supposed to be impartial?

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muscleback January 10, 2015 at 1:46 pm

agree….there’s a disconnect here

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Bluch January 10, 2015 at 12:38 pm

Alex also has a valid point when he says that the gentleman may pull it off and create waves. No one is going to do anything until the USGA and RG&A change golf club specifications or golf ball specifications. All the manufacturer’s keep doing is to continue “tweaking” equipment in order to generate sales. And this I believe anyone can agree with. Until the rules change we live within those guidelines ,especially for tournament play.

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Alex January 10, 2015 at 12:37 pm

Very constructive.

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Bluch January 10, 2015 at 12:30 pm

Mr. Doug Hanson has made the best comment I have ever heard on one of these forums and he is exactly on spot. I’m 82 and he has my vote!!!

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Alex January 10, 2015 at 12:21 pm

I don’t understand all of the negative feedback on this post. Most of which is based on uninformed assumptions around his personality. Bob may indeed fail miserably to make a product that people can afford or are willing to purchase. After all this is not the best market to be starting a new manufacturing company. However from the sounds of his plans and the look of his resume he may be just the right person to pull this off and create some serious waves in the golf industry. Considering the stagnant nature of the equipment industry these days, where most companies do very little in the way of innovating or risk taking I can’t see Bob’s foray into golf as anything but a good thing. Let’s say he fails miserably (due to over-hype, overpricing etc..) the worst that will happen is that we, as consumers, will remain exactly where we are right now, in a market filled with complacent manufacturers awaiting someone to mix things up. If he succeeds however he could very seriously change the way that these manufacturers do business. He could force them to innovate, force them to be more consumer oriented as opposed to profit and marketing focused. The odds are definitely stacked against him but the eternal optimist in me cant help but hope he succeeds. I for one will follow this story closely with fingers crossed.

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H January 10, 2015 at 11:50 am

Several years ago I was invited to be a volunteer spotter at Clint Eastwood’s club, Tehama, and his annual member-guest event, The Clint. To say it was first class is not complimentary enough. Anyway, stationed at the par-3 14th hole, where the closest to the hole prize was a week trip to Scotland for four (private jet, 5-star accommodations, etc.), I was able to see both the equipment and the swings of some of the wealthiest people on the planet, from the most exclusive clubs in the world. My evaluation: These guys spent more on their equipment than on their swings. Any one of them could afford to hire a personal swing coach (Sean Foley is available) and obviously hadn’t. I hadn’t seen more bad swings than when I tried to teach my wife to play. The ball will do what the club tells it to do, and if not swung correctly spotters like me will forever be telling golfers, “You might want to hit a provisional, and while you’re at it, think about taking some lessons.”

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JamieR January 10, 2015 at 11:48 am

New equipment for who? What happened to the “not-the-arrow-but-the-Indian” mentality?

I agree With the comments of Doug Hansen, above. Keep the rules, the rules. Learn to play the game “from the dirt.”

I would add: drink cold American beer after a round, game Wilson clubs, and a bone or two to a local First Tee program to help grow the game.

Simple, really.

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Doug Hansen January 11, 2015 at 10:49 am

I’m more of a Bombay Dry martini guy…

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fleeter January 12, 2015 at 11:46 am

I’ll go with a cold Canadian beer!! EH!!!

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PlaidJacket January 10, 2015 at 11:33 am

Mehhh. Like GSX, some people here and there may be impressed by Bob. I’m not. There was one word GSX didn’t include to describe ole Bob. Arrogant. I’ve heard of him through the years. In fact I even had a website hosted on GoDaddy several years ago. My memories of Bob from past “news” articles about him never left me with positive thoughts. He has always struck me as a non-classy guy. I’m pretty sure if I were to meet Bob it wouldn’t be a life changing experience. I’ve known many guys like Bob. I also know and have known many other wealthy people during my lifetime. Some were like GSX described Bob. They were people I’ve chosen not to associate with. Others were very under the radar types. Kind unassuming types. Reserved, friendly classy people. Self-made wealth. Mega wealth some of them. They don’t go around self-promoting themselves or being crude assholes. If you were to meet some of these folks you’d have a positive impression of them. Nice people. Regular guys. The last thing they talk about is themselves. But you see Bob is a self-promoting type of guy. He wants to be edgy and in your face. He’s wealthy and wants you to know it by God. “Look and me. See what I’ve done. See what I can do. See what I own. I’m so rich I’m an asshole and I don’t give a rats ass what you or anyone thinks.” Ole Bob probably donates a lot to charity causes as well which is a good thing. But I’d bet ole Bob wants everyone to know it too. Bob strikes me as the consummate me, me, me type of individual. A narcissist. Hey wait a minute. This is an article about golf equipment isn’t it? I almost forgot. I thought it was about Bob. Hmmm? So Bob is making golf equipment now eh? Great. Best of luck Bob.

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paul January 10, 2015 at 11:30 am

what about left handed clubs?

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Kaddy Stroller January 10, 2015 at 11:26 am

Mr. Parsons has the money! So, if he is rich in his passion for the game, he will do well.

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Pooch January 10, 2015 at 11:19 am

I am an equipment geek so I will look and try anything. Not a big fan of Parsons.The only thing bigger than his company is his titanic ego.
What really bothers me about Parsons is when he posed as the Great White Hunter and killed and Elephant claiming it was a Bull Elephant while in reality he killed a Cow/Female which may or may not have orphaned a baby elephant. The African Elephant is teetering on the brink of extinction. Not against hunting just unwonton killing of innocent animals.
So back to golf, unless Bob has some undiscovered materials and a couple mad scientists willing to work within the rules of golf, I don’t see anything that is going to be ground breaking.
Its the person swinging the golf club,and it will always be.

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Regis January 10, 2015 at 11:14 am

Sounds like an interesting guy. I’m guessing/hoping that these sticks have to be custom fit probably at a proprietary facility. If not what’s the purpose? I also wonder how many members of his club will game these sticks.

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Wally January 10, 2015 at 11:13 am

Welcome to the world of hype! You have to get people interested somehow in a product and this is probably the best way he can.
Somehow, I don’t think that putting these magical clubs in my hands will create a scratch player from one that’s a current 11 hdcp!
To think, I always thought it was the arrow!! smh

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mike January 10, 2015 at 10:57 am

This is an example of how to turn 10 million into 1 million very quickly.

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Chris C January 10, 2015 at 10:55 am

Frightening article. If Mr. Parsons is the harbinger of things to come in the world of golf, it would be best for all of us that love this game if we would simply pull the plug. With regards to the actual equipment, there is no indication that the product is going to be anything different than the dozens of other works of golf art which can be found on Tour Spec. As an aside, Mr. Parsons’ willingness to shit in his pants to achieve his goals would account for his plans to expand the bathroom facilities at his golf club.

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Alan January 10, 2015 at 10:44 am

Good luck. Thi9s will be about the 1002nd attempt to re-invent the gold world. 1000 have flopped.

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Bluch January 10, 2015 at 10:40 am

Very very interesting person with the financial resources to design, create and enter the golf club making and golf course ownership. Will it work? Yes, for a while. Will it sustain itself over the years? That is the question. It sounds like a bully approach that may or my not succeed. Money can’t buy everything unless everything is for sale.

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Richard January 10, 2015 at 10:29 am

A few years ago an electric car manufacturer with big dreams and a similar CEO came along. The car was out of reach for most of us, the reaction from consumers was the same, look at Tesla now !
Why not PXG, this is good for the industry.

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John James January 10, 2015 at 10:24 am

Bob sounds like a wind-up BOBble head-wha, wha, wha.
Did he invest in GolfSpy? Buy you drinks, set you up with the cart girl?
Because I’ve never read a more fawning, toady article.
The language warning was appropriate: the entire piece is offensive.
Where’s the objectivity? The factual reporting and investigation? The guy’s made a lot of money. So have many other billionaires. You don’t see Bill Gates or Warren Buffett blowing smoke up your kimono about how in the future they’re going to do X or Y or Z. They just do it. And then let the public discover how terrific X,Y and Z really are.

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mygolfspy January 10, 2015 at 10:32 am

Obviously you don’t know Bob. He is a s far from Bill Gates and Warren Buffett as a human can be.

As far as I see it, from what I know about Bob and the people I know that know Bob and the investigating I have done on Bob this is as close to fact as you are going to get. And a hellova lot more factual than the copy and paste tweets passed off as “articles” published on all the other golf sites.

But maybe you will prove me wrong John, and if so I am sure you will be the first to tell me. And I will be happy to field that comment as well.

Happy Saturday.

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Mike S January 10, 2015 at 5:13 pm

Yes he sure is. Both Bill and Wareen have some ethics and morals. Not Bob, he’s just an egotistical ass.

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Dan January 10, 2015 at 10:58 am

John,

I have to agree. This is the most disappointing post I have seen on what otherwise has been one of the best golf sites out there. I have always valued this site because I perceived objectivity and data driven analysis in its content.

After reading the article I’d have to conclude that the “R” rating is due to the obscene amount of nose-to-butt hype regarding “the persona of Bob” and not the equipment. It’s as if Bighitter was now writing for MGS.

MGS I love the site, because you value objectivity over hype and allow us to draw our own conclusions, please let’s not change that.

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Jim K. January 10, 2015 at 10:17 am

Very interesting but my early bet is the impact on the equipment industry will be negligible when all the dust settles. The more interesting and impactful move would be to take someone like this guy and have him start a company that makes “recreational golf” equipment. In other words, someone who goes out to make “introductory equipment” (the step before “game improvement equipment”) that makes getting the ball up in the air, somewhat straight, relatively far possible for the rank amateur and putting some distribution and marketing muscle behind it. This would entail giving the USGA folks the proverbial “middle finger” in that it wouldn’t even aspire to be conforming but to fill the great chasm created between the non-golfers (due to too hard, takes too long to get any level of proficiency, yes, even with PGA member “sanctioned” lessons ad nauseam) and having some sort of fun in the first year of playing the game because the USGA and other ruling bodies in their infinite wisdom believe that the non-golfing population wants to play “one game” with the PGA TOUR pros. None of the legacy equipment makers are willing to take this on (Nike threatened when they initially entered the fray but then realized they didn’t need the attention and legal costs when they were trying to break into the equipment game and cared more about the footwear and apparel aspect of golf anyway) so we just continue to get more of the “uber game improvement” crap that guys like me who’ve been playing for 20 years will tolerate because we’re somewhat traditionalists and we’ve already paid our dues. That’s not what’s going to get back a net loss of 7M golfers over the past 11 years. It’s going to take someone like this guy to make that move and that will really shake up the established golf equipment world. Too bad, in my opinion, he’s wasting his aggression and egocentricity on the creating the “ultra” segment instead of the “recreational” variety. He can have people hate him either way, why not use that force of evil for good…… To show that I’m not just “howling into the wind”, I’m going to write and article about this in our January edition of the Pellucid Perspective and see what the reader base of industry stakeholders and golf business owners thinks of the concept “as is” and “my take.” Stay tuned, will let you know the results at the end of the month.

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Doug Hansen January 10, 2015 at 11:35 am

Jim K:

I’ve been a PGA Member for over 32 years – on the Ben Hogan staff for most of it – and I’ve been with PING now for the last 12 or 13 years.

The reason I went with PING were several: A family owned company – an American company (for the most part) and the fact that PING always marched to a different drummer. They didn’t and don’t really care what others companies do, I guess to a certain extent. And I figured that any company smart enough to supply the armed forces of our country with missile technology ought to be able to figure out how to make a golf club for damn near everyone.

How many new and innovative club manufacturers have come and gone in the last 25-30 years? Who’s still around and at the top?

Today’s golfers, especially the “Generation X’ers” and “The Millennials”, don’t have, with the exception of a rare few, the passion and the time required to play golf well enough to not be frustrated by it. The crash of golf, or its “Major Re-Alignment” as I prefer to put it, has had a lot of factors go into the equation. The economy for one, definitely. Family and job requirements, absolutely. But people now are used to getting any information they want with a push of a button: I used a library and an encyclopedia. I also got good at the game by finding my own answers “in the dirt”, as Mr. Hogan used to say. Instant gratification is the way of the world now: Playing golf very well could not be more 180 degrees from the way the world is today.

Everything today is “throw away” (forget it, the game’s too hard) as opposed to when I was growing up when we “fixed it” (practiced and practiced until we got good).

I’m a hell of a lot more excited about what the boys who stayed in Ft. Worth when the Hogan Company left Texas are coming out with next week. I know a lot of them – and they know how to make golf clubs that perform. A hell of a lot more excited than a club coming out of yet another “Xtreme” this or that company.

For a long time I and my fellow PGA Professionals have wrestled with the “illegal factor” as opposed to the “recreational” one. With clubs and with the ball. Do we want to grow the game to make it more fun and enjoyable for those who don’t want to put in the time to play well within the Rules (as archaic as some want to believe the Rules are), or do we want to stay the course as purists who don’t want to see the game blasphemed by yet another egomaniac who’s got all the answers (if he did, indeed, hire PING engineers I guess he’s going to be making PING clubs with a few extravagant hood ornaments that no one can afford: Yeah, make more expensive clubs – that’ll sure help in growing the game).

The ONLY area I see where MAJOR improvements have been made is with the driver and, perhaps, fairway metals. Hybrids have helped due to the fact that equipment manufacturers backed themselves into a corner by increasing the physical length of clubs while decreasing the loft. Tight bentgrass fairways didn’t help, either.

Who carries a one, two or even three iron anymore? Tour professionals and scratch players, for the most part, and leave out the one and two.

My Hogan Edge Pro irons are just as accurate as my PING i25 irons are. Side by side I have found little or no difference.

It’ll be interesting to see where Mr. Parsons and his new company lands: A truly great niche market club (like Miura) or on the heap of wannabes who could never compete with PING, Callaway, Taylor-Made and Titleist.

Cheers and Happy New Year!

Doug Hansen, PGA

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Berniez40 January 10, 2015 at 1:17 pm

A lot of us miss the old Hogan Clubs. Hell I even gamed their ” Hogan Hawk” ball for years. Nowadays Taylormade just finished dropping a bundle on developing a 3 piece urethane covered ball with a78 compression rating. Gee, Hogan Hawks were 3 piece urethane covered bass with, wait for it…..a 78 compression rating. I’m not going to knock Parsons and his new company. But I am going to say that some companies who hire the best and produce the finest come up with ideas so ahead of their time, that their basic concept remains timeless. I really do hope for Mr. Parsons sake that he is developing one of those types of companies, and not another piece of cannon fodder for the likes of the big boys to shoot down.

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Doug Hansen January 10, 2015 at 1:38 pm

Berniez40:

When I was playing somewhat competitively, I actually played The Hawk: It spun enough where it would just STOP – no Hollywood/PGA Tour spin that, with the Apex balls and the ProV’s, spun balls AWAY from my target as opposed to them just staying pretty much where I wanted them to land.

We’ll see what Mr. Parsons brings to an already over-crowded table. Maybe it’ll be something truly terrific: Time will only tell.

I’m just not a big fan of personalities such as his – I don’t believe golf needs a profanity-laced injection to bring it up to our current level of social graces (somewhere below the gutter).

Kind of like I was never a big fan of Phil Knight and what he brought to the game with a young Tiger Woods in or around 1997. But I’m a dinosaur in the world of golf today. Augusta National has been ruined – the ball goes way too far – it’s like everything else: It’s all about money and the passionate romance that exists for guys like me still goes back to the ’86 Masters that was won with a Tommy Armour MacGregor 945 Super-Eye-O-Matic driver and 3-wood…

But the Ben Hogan Company is back and my beloved Rams are going to be heading back to Los Angeles. So maybe there’s hope.

Cheers!

Doug

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fleeter January 12, 2015 at 10:09 am

Mr Hansen,
Thanks for both of your comments above. I’m in 100% agreement with you. I have a beautiful persimmon eye-o-matic out in my garage that I once cherished, and I was the envy of many of my playing partners for posessing it! I think we’re all in agreement here that the proof will be in the pudding when Mr. Parsons brings his goods to market. Maybe it will shake up the industry, or, maybe the big 4 will just go on as usual and not even give him a second look. When you’re making and selling 100’s of millions of dollars worth of gear annually, a startup club manufacturer probably won’t garner much attention, unless he poses a direct competitive threat for sales. I don’t see that happening right out of the gate, and at all really. Time will tell, and like you said there’s hope. What comes around goes around – it happened to the cowboys on the weekend and who’s to say it can’t happen anywhere else!
Great stuff.

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Andy W January 10, 2015 at 10:11 am

Is PXG going to be showing at the PGA Show this month?

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Berniez40 January 10, 2015 at 10:11 am

They are more club than my swing will benefit from, but I applaud him for what he is doing. I wish him well. I’ve always pulled for the Nickents,MacGregors, Carbites, and Burrows type of guys!

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Keith January 10, 2015 at 10:07 am

This reminds me of that beautiful Porsche driver and the Williams F1 clubs. I got to hit both in their day and they were impressive but not game changing.

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Kevin R January 10, 2015 at 9:59 am

The problem here is that what is being promised is some kind of better performance. That would work in a situation where there were no performance limitations set by the governing bodies. Then you could come out with some fantastic new metal or design that would set a new bar. However there is a LOT of research going into golf equipment performance and most clubs have reached the forgiveness/COR barrier set by the governing bodies. So clubs now are just tweaking things for minimal differences. So you can set up clubs for the guy that hits left, right, too low, too high etc., but to actually make a difference on a well struck shot Is going to be pretty minimal. I can probably afford these clubs but why would I? As an analogy,I play guitar and buying the most expensive wonderful feeling unbelievable guitars do not make me a better guitar player. (Ask me how I know!). That said I hope like all golfers that some innovation does come along that helps. If there is going to be a revolution, my guess is the best place for it is in the short game not the long game.

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Larry E. January 10, 2015 at 9:44 am

The only thing this guy has done so far is what he has always done – sell! He certainly sold GolfSpy, but can he really be different? Not so far.

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Snap Smith January 10, 2015 at 9:40 am

That article was a complete waste of time. Talks a good game, Where’ the meat?

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Mike E January 10, 2015 at 9:33 am

I am a senior golfer who plays senior shaft woods and hybrids the only irons I have are to chip with so these new clubs can’t possibly be for me

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Dexter January 10, 2015 at 9:31 am

Do you know how many “can’t miss” golf equipment companies have come and gone in the last 30 years?

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Dave January 10, 2015 at 12:26 am

I want to work for these guys. How do I get a hold of them?!?!

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Dan January 10, 2015 at 9:42 am

Dave, just send an email to [email protected]

Fill in the *** with info or contact, there will be a grab-all email account. Maybe you’ll get through because you are trying harder than the next guy.

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John January 9, 2015 at 11:43 pm

If I had that kind of ching I sure as hell would not be in the golf club business…not sure if knows but this sport is dying – not growing. I question his business acumen.

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GreenDoor January 9, 2015 at 10:40 pm

I can definitely see tremendous potential for a NASA moon-shot like tech trickle down effect if the development money/passion spigot doesn’t dry up. Aim high!

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Dwayne January 9, 2015 at 8:58 pm

That iron in the photo smells expensive. Is that “Not For Everyone” means?

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gordon January 10, 2015 at 9:45 am

Yes.
“For the select few that have the means………..”

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muscleback January 9, 2015 at 8:39 pm

you could go up and down the list of all the things this dude Bob said in his membership letter… and then list all of the things stated about his club company…and you would have a list of 99% of all of the things that are wrong with golf, especially the “billionaire” part

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Rex January 9, 2015 at 8:33 pm

Talk is cheap….dirt cheap. Compound that with the fact that vanity projects don’t tend to go well in this category.

Can’t wait to hear about is this guy’s first planning meeting with E. Stack or a rousing conformity challenge with the USGA/R&A …this is going to be such fun!

Too bad MK is in Portland these days… one can never have enough blowhards at the bar…chuckle.

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kygolfer1980 January 9, 2015 at 7:40 pm

Bob, he hired 2 of Pings top engineers. I’m looking forward to seeing the products even though I’ll never be able to afford them most likely.

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Bob January 9, 2015 at 7:03 pm

Where is his design input coming from? Has he asked tour pros, muni players, or just himself? What does his design concept bring to the game? Other than ‘different’ and a new ‘paradigm’ what is PXG?

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Tom Duckworth January 9, 2015 at 6:49 pm

OK so the iron looks pretty cool and it sounds like he has some good people in place to design his clubs. However if you say they are going to be ultra high end I don’t see how they will be a player in the golf business. Just what the world needs more golf equipment only the rich can buy.
Don’t you think stuff like that is a part of golfs image problem? Will super expensive clubs help grow the game?
I’m open minded to what they have to offer but I would think every major OEM has good designers who are pushing the envelope as well. After all they are all working to come out with the next big thing. I am looking forward to reading a full review on them but just because someone can shout the loudest doesn’t mean they have the best equipment. I do wish him luck.

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olivier January 10, 2015 at 2:15 am

+1

Stuff (and people) like that definitely ARE part of golf’s image problem.

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Blade-dog January 9, 2015 at 6:37 pm

Mr. P,

Make space on the bandwagon for the nay-Sayers, you’ll need it after you have made it big. Great innovation! Enough with the space age plastic inserts (A.K.A. High molecular BS). Leave the plastic for the toys-r-us crowd.

Best of luck with the new venture.
BD

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blstrong (SeeRed) January 9, 2015 at 6:36 pm

I suppose it could be interesting to see what a cost-is-no-concern process could bring to the golf equipment industry. At least, that’s how I read the four bullet points on the website. It will be purely academic for me, though. Whether or not the emergence of PXG onto the scene will really have that much of an affect on the rest of the industry is, I think, difficult to forecast. If they are fringe products that don’t get much serious attention or consideration, then maybe PXG’s impact will be limited to the “select few”. ‘X’ obviously has had enough exposure to or contact with Bob P to cause him to be confident enough to make some very bold claims. For those of us who may not be the select few, it will hopefully at least be entertaining to follow.

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David January 9, 2015 at 6:03 pm

This seems more like an advertisement than an objective article about a product. I read this blog for the objective reviews. Once the clubs are hit by golfers of varying handicaps and compared to other manufacturers then I will consider them. Just because a Pro is using them does not mean average golfers can.

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markb January 9, 2015 at 5:39 pm

I really couldn’t care less about the person behind a product if the product is good. I detest Donald Trump, but he’s building/saving some good golf courses, so I have to slow clap for him.

That said I can’t see anything revolutionary or excitement-worthy in the the one iron photo I’ve seen so far, so I’ll need someone to explain it to me. I can’t understand what the tiny screws are for. They seem too small to hide or hold individual tungsten weights and I can’t understand why you would need eleven of them. So I’ll wait and see.

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Jim January 10, 2015 at 2:29 pm

Donald Trump is a great man he goes after Obama and proves him wrong all the time on fox,Trump is what America is all about.He should run for president in 2016.

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andrew January 12, 2015 at 12:09 am

lets leave politics out of this- the last thing we need sullying up our game is partisanship.

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andrew January 12, 2015 at 12:11 am

but i will say that Mr. Trump put a lot of debt on the American people by declaring bankruptcy several times. seems counter to his tagline, no?

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Joe Golfer January 12, 2015 at 3:18 pm

Agreed.
Trump has improved on some courses, such as Doral. He has built from scratch some beautiful courses.
But let’s leave the political comments to the political websites and keep this a GOLF forum.

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hieronymous January 28, 2015 at 8:48 pm

Absolutely!!! And maybe he can grab Sarah Palin as his running mate!!! Why keep politics out of this? When you scroll down to the bottom of the page you see a bullet about President Obama almost shutting down a putter company. As far Parsons…his golf gear will be different, that’s a fact.

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Steve January 9, 2015 at 5:39 pm

It’s about time a man with a set of balls comes in and shakes things up in the ever so dull golf equipment industry. For what its worth, I probably can’t afford these new clubs but I wish I could. How cool is it that a guy who loves golf and has a ton of money decides to build his own line of clubs just bc he loves golf. Passion is an unstoppable force and it seems like Parsons has it in spades.

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Tom54 January 9, 2015 at 5:38 pm

So if I read his letter to the Scottsdale National membership correctly, he implemented the new cost structure effective Dec 9, 2014 and gave the members the right to resign their membership, but they had to do it by Jan 31, 2014? Wow, tough negotiator. Hopefully the members that want out of their membership have access to the nearest DeLorean.

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Xpow Ultim8 Golf January 9, 2015 at 5:51 pm

The members were pissed. He swooped in a bought his toy, and kicked out the members. So far his rep in the golf world sucks. I just spent Christmas about 1 mile from his new course at my parents’ house. The locals are not thrilled.

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Local January 12, 2015 at 1:00 pm

I am a local and we are thrilled

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tmvds January 10, 2015 at 10:37 am

LOL, I got it Tom. Funny!

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MrSinister January 9, 2015 at 5:31 pm

I like it! I love when a company comes out swinging. If your gonna get into this Industry you’ve gotta jump in head first or your gonna flop! Good for them and goodluck!

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RAT January 9, 2015 at 5:13 pm

If you can’t afford it then why show it!

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Cullen Davis January 9, 2015 at 4:56 pm

I wish the guy the best of luck, but as we all know, we heard this story over and over about the latest and greats golf clubs and the truth is, these companies were here and gone before you could blink you eye, just saying

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Kenny B January 9, 2015 at 4:56 pm

I’m all for trying new things, so I applaud Bob for going down this path. Win, lose or draw I do believe that some things will happen that impact the way all other OEM clubs are made in the future. That can be a good thing.

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tom January 9, 2015 at 4:50 pm

Any guesses as to how much these will cost/shaft options/ and release date?

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Deuce January 12, 2015 at 10:46 am

If you have to ask, you can’t afford it.

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captcouv January 13, 2015 at 9:27 am

That’s a problem. Actually, it’s the problem with golf in general. Understand the cost of green fees on many courses, but elitism, restrictions and just plain snobbery inflate the costs and keep the general public from picking up the game. Equipment has the same built in haughtiness that raises prices above costs.

BTW, Bob is a Marine. Gudnuf for me, Semper Fidelis & all the best.

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mygolfspy January 9, 2015 at 4:41 pm

One thing I don’t think you will see me or Bob do is masquerade. But soon as more “substance” comes out I am sure it will be on MGS. Until then Dr. Bloor….

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hckymeyer January 9, 2015 at 4:41 pm

Not sure what to think about this yet. First glance is the guy comes off like a prick and I’m sure I’d want to be around him. On the other hand innovation is always a good thing and I’m excited to see where this goes.

Either way I’m guessing it has a long way to trickle down the golf ladder before it will effect anything I could get my hands on.

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hckymeyer January 9, 2015 at 4:41 pm

Wish this had an edit button. Meant to say I’m not sure I’d want to be around him.

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Leftienige January 10, 2015 at 11:28 am

It doesn’t take an edit button.
Just re-read what you’ve typed before you send it .
How difficult can that be ?

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Zerpersande January 10, 2015 at 6:29 pm

Yes, proofreading could prevent the errors. But if you made a similar comment about some mistake in a golfing buddies grammar, you would come across as an anal retentive type. Do it enough and you’d be looking fir more golf buddies.

This is a place to relax, not type a frawkin’ term paper. Fact is, I understood hckymeyer’s mistake, smiled at it, then found his immediate correction more humorous.

Not to mention that his comments rather echo my own feelings on this.

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Bfarrell January 11, 2015 at 10:37 am

Touché

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dr. bloor January 9, 2015 at 4:37 pm

Readers will be much more likely to Care About Bob when the press releases masquerading as reportorial pieces on blogs contain some substance about the products and the processes.

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Xpow Ultim8 Golf January 9, 2015 at 5:48 pm

yeeeahh, that’s what I was thinking too. So far all I see is a really tacky looking iron and a whole lot of 10 cent cocky talk. There’s nothing genius about the advertising campaign. The copy is recycled from thousands of other campaigns and the numerous PR moves were broken.

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Gary McCormick January 9, 2015 at 4:24 pm

The photos that have been released show eleven positions on the back of the Parsons Xtreme irons for what I am assuming are removable weights. Even if the only options are empty/filled, that’s 2^11 permutations – 2,048 variations in configuration. Bump that up to 2 different weights, or empty, for each spot and that number goes up to 3^11, or 177,147 variations. What’s the point in that. Where is the advantage? It looks zoomy, but design complexity without benefit is pointless.

These clubs are going to end up being rich-guy bling – like those limited edition Scotty Cameron putters, only more so – that you’ll only see in the bags of the guys playing Wednesday pro-ams, chunking chips and thinning long irons from the fairway while they drop names and brag about how much they paid for their clubs…

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mygolfspy January 9, 2015 at 4:29 pm

Gary,

First thing, you can’t think of PXG as you have other golf companies. They aren’t that or that or even that. They are this and this will be different and not to be compared with the others.

They might be too rich for your blood or my blood. That is not what this company will do for golf or the mass of golfers in the world. This company will however change the way products are made by all the others for all the others. Just watch.

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Gary McCormick January 9, 2015 at 5:25 pm

Adopting a “wait-and-see” attitude…

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Bob Pegram January 15, 2015 at 6:04 pm

Those little ports remind me of Nickent blades, although the Nickents had only 3 ports.

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AWOL February 1, 2015 at 1:37 pm

Before you start assuming each one of those ports is intended for weight adjustment, maybe they are there to specifically place extra weight where the forging cannot and are not removable. It would absolutely absurd to have that many ports with different weights in each port that somehow a consumer would be able to figure out the appropriate combination. Or perhaps they are going to offer progressive weight kits if indeed those are meant to be adjusted. So the kit can make the club more progressively toe or heel heavy. Hes a smart business man and just as in godaddy he probably wants a consumer friendly product so there is probably a lot more to the design. My bet is if anything a startup company will miss is left hand offerings. So unless its for sure im already writing PXG off.

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Fozcycle January 9, 2015 at 4:04 pm

Way to go X, can’t wait to see what this new golf will do to the masses…….especially since Ryan Moore came out with them in his bag today.

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Josh January 9, 2015 at 4:00 pm

Meh…Good luck in this failing business

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Marty January 9, 2015 at 3:46 pm

I applaud what he is doing, but there is already a golf company that is doing what PXG is doing. It’s called Miura. I doubt he can make an iron that feels better than the baby blades that I own, but I am willing to try them!

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mygolfspy January 9, 2015 at 3:51 pm

Trust me, Miura isn’t scratching the surface of what Bob and the guys at PXG are doing and will do in the near future.

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olivier January 9, 2015 at 4:17 pm

then again “most” people can’t “feel” the difference between a regular forged iron and a cast iron. They just say they can because that’s what everyone else says.

It’s very much like wine snobs. I can’t tell the difference between a good Bordeaux and a once in a lifetime 1979 ‘premier grand cru classe’ but the price will try to convince my brain that “yes … yes it’s better” because otherwise i’d feel like a right fool for buying it in the first place.

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Tas Economou January 10, 2015 at 9:51 am

Marty, you took the wind out of my sails. Kudos for Parsons giving this a shot, but he will have to go very far and long to match, let alone surpass, Miura, especially in performance (vs aesthetics).

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Tas Economou January 10, 2015 at 9:56 am

Wish this had an edit button as I intended to write “go very far and wide”…

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